Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Still in the Hunt for 4-Star DE Malik McDowell

McDowell Leaning Toward Michigan, But Could End Up With Buckeyes

1/9/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have already put together one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for 2014, but that won’t hold them back from trying to add four-star defensive end Malik McDowell on National Signing Day this February. Blog Photo - Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Still in the Hunt for 4-Star DE Malik McDowell

According to 247Sports, McDowell is projected to commit to rival Michigan, with Michigan State close behind. Ohio State is right in the thick of things, but plays as the dark horse in this race.

McDowell’s parents like the Wolverines and he’s been said to have favored East Lansing, but there’s rumor that his interest in Ohio State is much more promising than once thought. He’s still expected to make an official visit to Columbus before announcing a decision.

Even with his remarkable frame (6-foot-6, 300 pounds), McDowell has freak-of-nature athletic ability and knows how to utilize it when blowing by blockers. He’s grown into his body well and has the strength to manhandle from the outside or inside, getting to the backfield with a disrupter’s mentality.

As you can see from his highlight tape below, it wasn’t really fair for opposing high school teams to see him on their schedule.

Although he played strong-side defensive end with his Southfield High School (Detroit, Mi.), McDowell will likely be used as an interior lineman due to his elite size and strength—especially if he commits to Ohio State.

However, his decision will get a lot easier if the Buckeyes continue to pursue Solomon Thomas out of Coppell (TX). Thomas plays strong side as well, and his landing spot could have a huge affect on McDowell’s potential commitment to Ohio State.

Either way, receiving a letter of intent from McDowell—the No. 3 player at his position—would be huge for a class that currently sits at No. 2 in the country behind Alabama.

McDowell holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin, and more.

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